Smoking Loon Cabernet Sauvignon (2007)

It is mid-week and we are reading the newspaper after long days at our jobs. I got home late tonight so I am going to have leftovers (meatloaf) for dinner but I am going to make a fresh salad, too.

We have had this Smoking Loon Cabernet Sauvignon before but it was a 2006, I believe. So, let’s see how the 2007 fares. . .First of all, the color is dark purple. It is thick — not thin — with a clove-y, fruity nose. The taste is uber fruity (I had to use that word [uber] just once)  and, in addition to the berry fruit, I detect a definite finish of dill. How interesting! It takes a while, but if you concentrate after sipping, the dill makes itself known. Tom seems to be enjoying this wine, too. He’s a pretty discriminating taster compared to me so I will enjoy reading his tasting notes.

Tom: This Smoking Loon Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 is pleasant and sippable: medium-bodied and pleasantly tannic, with medium dark fruit and a slight vegetal taste. This will go nicely with meatloaf.

Opera Prima Tempranillo (2008)

I purchased this Opera Prima Tempranillo 2008 at Whole Foods on my way home from work tonight. I had stopped to pick up some chicken spicy italian sausage and whole wheat orzo for our dinner tonight. I am making a skillet dish with the sausage and onions, orzo, asparagus,  a diced shiitake mushroom and chicken broth. I thought a tempranillo would be the perfect choice for dinner.

This is a very good value. I only paid $4.99 (and picked up a Cabernet, also, for the same price). It’s interesting. Initially there wasn’t much of a nose, but 30 minutes after decanting, I detect raspberries on the nose. The taste is very fruity — not complex — but juicy and delicious. The finish is sufficiently long with a distinctive flavor. I would highly recommend this wine, especially if you want a full-flavor red at a very reasonable price.

Two Vines Cabernet Sauvignon (2006)

Well, it had to happen; we go back to work tomorrow after an extended vacation. We feel like we have been to Hawaii (although we have not) because we had such fun! Nonetheless, I am thankful that we both have jobs to return to and we both feel refreshed and invigorated from our time off.

So, tonight I am making baked chicken, brown rice, steamed fresh spinach and a salad. We are having this Washington State Cabernet, which Tom purchased at our local grocery store for $6 a bottle. I like it. It’s not a wine in which I am swooning over, but it is really good and there isn’t anything unpleasant about it. I would describe it as very fruity. The nose is woody — pine, actually  — while the palate is lush, juicy fruit. As my brother-in-law so aptly sums up: It drinks good.